Posted by: chrismaser | August 31, 2019

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: IN PRACTICE

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: IN PRACTICE

by

Cameron La Follette and Chris Maser (editors)


Editor’s Note for the “CRC Press” Book Series, Social-Environmental Sustainability:

In reading this book, keep in mind that Nature functions perfectly without any human “help” or intervention, which means Nature’s value is entirely intrinsic and self-reinforcing. But, the majority of people feel that Nature, as a resource, is wasted if it is not used for their benefit—hence the concept of “conversion potential.” In other words, how can a particular natural resource be converted into a commercial product for human use, thereby giving it economic value?

Here, a basic principle is that community programs must be founded on local requirements and cultural values in balance with those of the broader world, which includes understanding and acknowledging environmental issues, long-term biophysical trends, and their social-environmental ramifications. After all, social-environmental sustainability is a common relationship between people and the natural environment based on the constraints of the underlying biophysical principles that maintain the lands and waters in a sustainably productive state. Simply put, as we honor our relationship with Nature in a sustainable way, we honor all generations. As we abuse Nature by overexploitation, we abuse all generations.

Maintaining a respectful relationship with Nature—by placing its right to flourish foremost in human economics—forms a critical, worldwide nexus between the social-environmental sustainability of people in the present and those of the future. With respect to every culture worldwide, it is imperative that we take personal responsibility for our words, deeds, decisions, actions, and their consequences, because the first step toward social-environmental sustainability begins with the respect and the quality of the care we give ourselves. We must then extend that respect and care to our families, friends, neighbors, and Nature, because community sustainability is the foundation of every nation. This said, the degree of mutual caring; cooperation; and long-term, sustainability of the landscape characterizes a community and reflects the psychophysical health of its citizenry.

And, it is our humility and consent to the Rights of Nature, by prioritizing and repairing our relationship with Nature, that determines the legacy we leave—one that in today’s world either progressively liberates or progressively impoverishes all generations. The choice of how we, the adults of the world, behave is ours—either with psychological maturity and sacred humility or self-indulgence and monetary arrogance. Fortunately, our human consciousness is elevating as the Rights of Nature paradigm continues to spread in countries throughout the world—illustrated in part by courageous articles in this book.

Finally, this CRC series of books on the various facets of social-environmental sustainability is a forum wherein those who dare to seek harmony and wholeness can struggle to integrate disciplines and balance the material world with the spiritual, the scientific with the social, and in so doing expose their vulnerabilities, human frailties, and hope, as well as their visions for a good-quality, sustainable future.

As the title of this book implies, the human component of the world is critically important—but often an overlooked or blatantly ignored dimension of social-environmental sustainability. Yet, it is the integrity of the relationships among the diverse elements of any system that both defines it through its functional processes and, in obeying the Right of Nature, confers global social-environmental sustainability to all generations of life on Earth.

Chris Maser, Series Editor


PART I: CONCEPTS AND OVERVIEWS

INTRODUCTION: RIGHTS OF NATURE, SACRED LANDS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE WESTERN TRADITION by Cameron La Follette

DEFENDING THE TREE OF LIFE: THE ETHICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE IN A THEORY OF JUSTICE by Kathryn Anne Gwiazdon

RIGHTS OF NATURE: MYTH, FILM, LAWS AND THE FUTURE by Eugen Cadaru

NATURE’S RIGHTS IN PERMACULTURE by Scott Pittman

PART II: THE STRUGGLE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE

RIGHTS OF NATURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN KIRIBATI by His Eminence Anote Tong

“WHEN GOD PUT DAYLIGHT ON EARTH WE HAD ONE VOICE”—KWAKWAKA’WAKW: PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABILITY AND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE by Douglas Deur, Kim Recalma-Clutesi, and Kwaxsistalla Clan Chief Adam Dick

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE CASE OF BHUTAN by Dechen Lham

THE RESTORATION OF THE CALEDONIAN FOREST AND THE RIGHTS OF NATURE by Alan Featherstone

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STEWARDSHIP ETHIC OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF NIGERIA’S NIGER DELTA REGION ON BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION by Ngozi F. Unuigbe

GERMAN ENERGIEWENDE: A WAY TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES? by Michael W. Schröter and Dani Fössl

SEASONALLY FLOODED SAVANNAS OF SOUTH AMERICA: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CATTLE-WILDLIFE MOSAIC by Almira Hoogesteijn, José Luis Febles, and Rafael Hoogesteijn

OCEAN RIGHTS: THE BALTIC SEA AND WORLD OCEAN HEALTH by Michelle Bender

PART III: RIGHTS OF NATURE IN THE LAW

A RIVER IS BORN: NEW ZEALAND CONFERS LEGAL PERSONHOOD ON THE WHANGANUI RIVER TO PROTECT IT AND ITS NATIVE PEOPLE by Chris Finlayson

THE RIGHTS OF NATURE IN ECUADOR: AN OVERVIEW OF THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PARADIGM by Hugo Echeverria and Francisco Bustamante

THE GODAVARI MARBLE CASE AND RIGHTS OF NATURE IN NEPAL by Jony Mainaly

NATURE’S RIGHTS: WHY THE EUROPEAN UNION NEEDS A PARADIGM SHIFT IN LAW TO ACHIEVE ITS 2050 VISION by Mumta Ito

NATURE’S RIGHTS THROUGH LAWMAKING IN THE UNITED STATES by Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Michelle Newman

THE EXPERIMENT WITH RIGHTS OF NATURE IN INDIA by Kelly D. Alley and Tarini Mehta

CARING FOR COUNTRY AND RIGHTS OF NATURE IN AUSTRALIA: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN EARTH JURISPRUDENCE AND ABORIGINAL LAW AND ETHICS by Mary Graham and Michelle Maloney

CONCLUSION: NATURE’S LAWS OF RECIPROCITY by Chis Maser

 

Endorsements:
 


Sustainability And The Rights Of Nature: In Practice. 2019. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. If you want more information about this book or want to purchase it, visit “BOOKS” on my website.


Text © by Chris Maser 2019. All rights reserved.

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